Title: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices trilogy #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Adventure
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis From Goodreads:
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
and welcome to my review of Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare, second installment in The Infernal Devices trilogy. I flew through this book, reading it in a day and a half. I obviously gave it 5/5 stars.
- Plot: Oh my goodness, this plot. Even if it started off somewhat slow, we learn so much in here, and it is both amusing and heart-wrenching. This second book definitely shaded more light on the romance, which I did not mind at all, especially because it gave insight on humanity’s darkest desires, which I really enjoyed. Overall the plot was well developed and though-out.
- Characters: I loved the character development in this story. Other than the progress that Will, Jem and Tessa made, I was really pleased with the introduction of one of my favorite characters in the trilogy: Magnus Bane. I like his sharp mind and compassionate soul, and I cannot say more without spoiling some things. I despised Jessamine, and enjoyed Charlotte’s strong personality. I very much enjoyed the collision between Will and Gabriel as well. Good job Cassie.
- Writing: I very much enjoy Cassandra Clare’s writing, I think she has the rare ability of describing emotions and situations in a way that is light but deep at the same time. This is not very common, and I love it. Her dialogue is at times extremely witty and funny, and it flows really well.
Having already finished the trilogy, I decided to pick up The Mortal Instruments (TMI) series as well, and I am reading the first book right now. Let me know if you have read Clockwork Angel or Clockwork Prince, and what you have thought about it.
Until next time,
**SPOILER-ALERT** SECTION – Do not read further if you do not want to be spoiled.
First of all, I have to say that I had predicted both that Will was cursed, and that the curse was not real. This did not make me enjoy any less Will’s part of the story, also because this book was the one in which I fell in love with his character. I love how deeply he can feel, and how deeply he can love. He is compassionate but also extremely smart, and he loves reading. Basically the perfect man.
I was not expecting Tessa saying YES to Jem… also because I did not want her to. Not because I am team Will or anything of that sort, but because I thought she was not being completely honest with herself nor with the two boys. I wish we could’ve gotten more insight on her thoughts. (Loved the scene in the balcony, hilarious Magnus’ reaction).
I LOVE Magnus Bane. He is an amazing character, and I enjoyed knowing that he could still feel for others and that an immortal life had not hardened him too much. He is not in love with Will, nonetheless he recognizes brokenness, and for this reason he helps him find the demon that supposedly cursed him years previously. Magnus also gives Will advice on life and on himself, and I really liked their relationship. Magnus is hilarious.
Jessamine – oh Jessamine. Why are you so stupid? I feel bad for her just for how naïve and stupid that girl is. She is superficial and silly, and for these reasons she follows Nate – who by the way is another horrible person. I guess some people are just born evil.
I apologize if my thoughts are completely scattered. Hope you enjoy anyway!